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where they could not prevent an attack on the consulate in benghazi. at the same time the government that is extremely interested in incorporating with united states, extremely insisted to behave the way the government should do in a situation of this sort. in addition, something -- we see that they take a position in favor of government control. and the militias and the problem of the malicious. we are lucky to have with us -- i think that both fred and could deal with their and i think peter just came out. >> in august. >> in august, k.. i thought it was more recently. they all have spent over the years a considerable amount of time in libya and they are extremely well acquainted with the situation. let me briefly introduce them, starting on my right with fred wary. fred is the latest addition to the middle east program here. he is a senior associate in the program and he specializes on, he specializes on security issues, and not only libya but also covers the gulf countries. i think you should look forward to a lot more work from him on the gulf countries. to my extreme right is p
flag and putted it up. it was the libyan security forces who let us down in benghazi when ambassador stevens was killed. i don't think it's appropriate to somehow blame the state department or the white house for this. and now obviously, we have to do everything we can to protect our people. as grow know president obama got on the phone with the president of egypt after the embassy was attacked and basically said you have to do a better job. there's is my paraphrasing what i read about the conversation in the newspaper. you have to did a better job and protect our embarrass sip. that's the right message. i think it's tined time for the americans to stand time. it's a tough time for the diplomats. they -- >> host: georgia is on the live eric on the line for democrats. hey. >> caller: yeah. i have two comments. thanks for taking my call. first of all, the g.o.p. often says there's a libbial media. that can't be phut from the truth. all media is corporate owned. when you're a tv person, all you're doing is what your boss is what you are doing. you are an employee owned by a rich people
killed and benghazi by a strange jihadists group that changed his name to something else. when they proceeded to a rest most of them later on they exist in libya and haven't been in the number of times now they're hundreds of thousands. where they come from would have allowed them to proceed that the point that the presence of the council the general himself and the military had come out. many other issues, the statement where they said the length of the activities and the former members of the regime and to the security forces. the defense of security after the point of what has happened on tuesday. not only was the action a -- it was called into action and he went of flour and was not prepared. we should dig deeper. it touched me personally. i started thinking and in thinking i went back -- i think that there are two things that we have committed. the first one is that history should have told us something and go back to when libya was formed in the 1950's and he addressed his father in the 2000 nationals which remain in my mind the state of not exchange. do not think that be
. >> we hear from you fully about your -- benghazi right now and a couple of specifics i want to ask you. was there ever any discussion, after the benghazi attack, of putting marines at the compound in benghazi to help secure it? and what is your assessment and analysis of al qaeda and al qaeda affiliates or inspired organizations there, their ability to assemble and generate an attack capability of this sort very rapidly, and for the united states to openly have no sense that it needed to provide the security to meet that potential threat? what does it say to you about al qaeda related groups in that region? >> okay. first of all with regards to benghazi, what we, what we responded to was a request to provide a f.a.s.t. team that would go into tripoli and try to provide additional security there and we responded to that and did that. at that point, for all intents and purposes, benghazi had been, you know, pretty much unoccupied by any of the diplomatic and, other security personnel that were there. so, the main focus then was on tripoli and the embassy in tripoli and that's what we res
.s. consulate in benghazi, the torture and killing of our ambassador, the deaths of three american patriots and the following attacks and deaths involving marines in afghanistan. americans are watching a conflagration of an estimated half million jihadists and over 30 countries burning portraits of our presidents and american flags and threatening attacks upon our consulates and embassies while shouting death to america. no, mr. president, my colleagues, the war against terrorism is not over. now we find out ten days later that al qaeda was involved in a planned attack in benghazi, dangerous poe tests continue in pakistan and throughout the muslim world. this morning, the commandant of our marine corps informed the capitol hill marines there are 153 marine units at the ready to protect u.s. consulates and embassies at the direction of the state department. they should be deployed. and he believed that the current danger may well last decades. the sobering truth hurts. was there actionable intelligence prior to this attack, and if there was not, why not? especially given recent intelligence
a movement against what i too believe a terrorist act against our conflict in benghazi. on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11. these attacks do many things, but they remind us i think first of the bravery and commitment of government officials who serve in countries around the world, supporting the struggles of people in those countries to live free. and by doing so, we are to improve our own national security. the attack and libya also reminds us that even though the core of al qaeda has been seriously weakened, we still face drive from an evolving and fractures that are terrorist groups and individuals united by a common ideology, which is islamist extremism. i will have some questions to ask the three of you about the nature of the terrorist threat today and specifically with regard with reaction to this film, whether you think it does raise the threat level again and he pleases their institutions sheeter in the united states. and reported to us on the terrorist threat to the homeland today also hope you'll address other concerns such as the effort to counter hom
today in benghazi, libya. the reports are that as many as 30,000 libyans took to the streets in benghazi, the city where ambassador chris stevens and three of his colleagues were tragically murdered ten days ago ago. these demonstrators marched peacefully to the gates of the compound of ansar al sharia. the militia that was responsible for the attack that killed ambassador stevens and his colleagues. the demonstrators conducted themselves peacefully. they carried signs according to media reports that read, "the ambassador was libya's friend. no, no to militias." and when these brave libyans arrived at the gates of the compound, they told the militia that they and their violent extremist agenda are not welcome in the new libya. do we want to send the message tonight as the people of libya told the militants no, that we will then tell the people of libya, we don't want to have anything to do with you we won't assist you we won't give you what you need to establish a democratic and free society? because of what happened in benghazi today somewhere chris stevens is smiling. he's smiling bec
, with benghazi, with so many dictators, they were supporting them because it suit at that time the strategic interests and the economic interests. so the point for me was to deal with this and to be very cautious with wording. i was not buying from the very beginning this perception, oh, it's the arab spring, these are revolutions. i started by saying let us be cautiously optimistic. something is happening which is great. and what is great is what i call in the book and in the title the awakening. and the awakening is the awakening of the arab mind and the intellectual revolution with people understanding, yes, it's possible to get rid of dictators, it's possible to change the country. this is irreversible. that cannot be chaingd. and this is something which is a legacy, a shift which is very promising for the now and for the future. now to speak about revolutions that are achieved and i don't know, i still don't know. so i don't know today if what is happening in egypt is an unfinished or an unachieved revolution. i don't know what is happening with what is happening in tunisia that we are,
for the state department and for her country. we've seen that heavy assault on our post in benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we have nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the tape trader for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don't lose sight of the fundamental facts that america must keep leading the world. we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i am proud of all those across our government, c
day. from the deadly attacks on a u.s. diplomatic station in benghazi to the attack on our embassy in cairo and now another attack on another embassy last night in yemen, four americans are dead. our flag is being desecrated. this is a moment for americans to show our closest allies in the middle east that we stand with them unequivocally, unequivocally, no mixed signals. neither signal nor any of our allies should ever have any reason to doubt that resolve. now, i'm encouraged that turkey has condemned the violence in benghazi. there is absolutely no justification for what happened in cairo, benghazi or gemmen, none. we must do everything within our power to protect our representatives overseas and hunt down those responsible for these attacks. there were warnings yesterday that other attacks on other embassies may be imminent. this is a gravely serious moment. but america does not shrink from the defense of its core values or its interests overseas. we must project strength. the unrest in the middle east, in libya, egypt, and especially the sinai, israel and syria, present a form
and his courageous embassy staff have lost their lives in benghazi and in libya in a cruel, cold and gruesome intentional terror attack and all the while the response of this administration has communicated both weakness and lack of resolve to the world. [applause] and a top official seems in credulously apparently convinced that the only way to curtail this crisis is to put a full frontal attack on their free-speech free speech rights of american citizens. [applause] i want to be perfectly clear, this isn't just about a movie. this was an intentional act that was done by radical islamists who seek to impose their beliefs on the rest of the world, and we will not stand for it. [applause] [applause] no one here is suggesting that all muslims are radical, but we should not be ignorant of the objective reality that there is a very radical wing of islam that is dedicated to the destruction of america, of israel and of israel's allies. what we are watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration's policy of apology and appeasement across the gl
chris stevens and his three colleagues in benghazi, we are reminded that our diplomats all around the world serve on the front lines of some of the world's most dangerous places, and they do so at great risk to themselves and at great personal sacrifice for their families. our embassy in baghdad, the consulate's and other offices supporting the embassy and offices of security cooperation still number about 14,000 people that makes it our largest mission in the world. we are going to need someone with the demonstrated management skills to write size the mission and ensure that all the appropriate security measures are in place to keep our staff safe and secure. the leaders of iraq have are rare opportunity to consolidate their democracy in build a strong, durable institution or set of institutions that can hold the country together. more will be required from the iraqi government. questions remain about whether iraqi leaders, including the prime minister aspired to represent a unified iraq in all of its diversity. whether they seek to govern in nearly according to ethnic and sectar
at the benghazi consulate?" you pick up "the new york times" and you get a blow-by-blow description of what supposedly went o. so it was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday. a lot of senators were frustrated. and you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you. and one of the things i'm worried about is we're trying to find out who committed these terrible acts of terrorism -- and they were acts of terrorism, not a spontaneous riot -- i said, what is the game plan? will they be held as enemy exatents, are they going to be held as common criminals? will they be prosecuted in libya? will they be brought back to the united states? do you have to read them their miranda rights? really absolutely not a whole lot of information. but at the end of the day, it was a lost opportunity i think to inform the congress. can we now move to the rand paul amendment? mr. mccain: mr. president, i'd like to take what remaining time we have in order to discuss the paul amendment. and i'd like to begin by asking insertion in the -- in the "congressional record" a
stevens and his three colleagues in benghazi, we are reminded that our diplomats all around the world serve on the frontlines of some of the world's most dangerous place to. they do so at great risk to themselves and great personal sacrifice for their families. our embassy in baghdad, consulates in bozrah and herbal another security cooperation still number about 14,000 people. that makes it our largest nation in the world. we are going to need someone with ambassador beecroft management skills to write a summation and ensure that all the appropriate security measures are in place to keep our staff safe and secure. iraq's leaders have a rare opportunity to consolidate their democracy and build a strong, durable institution or set of institutions that can hold the country together. but more will be required for the iraqi government. questions remain about whether iraqi leaders, including the prime minister aspires to represent a unified iraq in all of its diversity or whether they seek to cover neroli according to ethnic constituencies. to ensure the parliamentary elections of 2014 are
organizations -- a ship from terrorist organizations towards a mob. we have seen it in bank as a -- benghazi where despite a large security presence, a u.s. ambassador was killed. this suggests we are moving into a world that will be more and more difficult to continue to depend on governments protecting our diplomats because the skit -- the investments required to deal with 400 people, they have huge implications for the number of embassies he can run. >> it will have to remain for the host government. this is an increased threat. that does not reduce the other threats -- the attempt on the life of our ambassador in benghazi. this does that mean other threats are being reduced. there is no way of avoiding the prime responsibility of being host nation. there are many circumstances in which host nations fully lived up to these responsibilities. what we are hearing about your is the exception to that. across the middle east, host nations often do an outstanding job in -- and their police forces often do a great job protecting foreign embassies. where they fall down than to that task, then we h
. >> in the wake of the benghazi, that the pentagon and state department both made statements involving whether or not there were marines at the facility. there were not to when the state department regarding the presence of security firms of the compound. why was there such confusion? and is the white house or anyone conducting an internal investigation as to what went wrong? >> well, there is an ongoing investigation into what happened the magazine is being led by the fbi, and -- >> the criminal acts. obviously it wasn't national-security. that is along the lines of what was wrong, what the best fishing could have done better. >> at the cow would refer you for questions about security about -- at the beth because the facility and broadly speaking in a diplomatic facility consulates and embassies around the world to the state department. in terms of the statements that were corrected by defense our state, i would refer you to those departments. you know, from our perspective we got out to you the information that we had as soon as we had it, and it was available. our assessment of what happene
in been gaza, libya, their families families -- benghazi, libya. their families thoughts are in my prayers. these brave diplomats were patriots and professionals putting their lives on the line to advance american ideas and interests. their vital work is done daily by countless americans, diplomats abroad who serve in every corner of the world. in my own visit to libya last year, with a number of my colleagues, including senators mccain and senator graham, i saw the vital work and the accomplishment of such brave americans on the ground in great peril and severe danger. i also saw their sense of satisfaction and patriotism in the work that they are doing and i add my voice to my colleagues in asking for more support for security, enhanced safeguards and protection for our diplomats in these kinds of situations. they go about their work with understated perseverance and determination, as well as constant courage in the face of often chaotic and unpredictable dangers. the cowardly attacks on these patriots should not deter the people of libya from moving forward. neither should it deter us f
the circumstances regarding the attack upon our u.s. consulate in benghazi, the torture and killing of our ambassador, the deaths of three american patriots and the following attacks and deaths involving marines in afghanistan. americans are watching a conflagration of an estimated half million jihadists and over 30 countries burning portraits of our presidents and american flags and threatening attacks upon our consulates and embassies while shouting death to america. no, mr. president, my colleagues, the war against terrorism is not over. now we find out ten days later that al qaeda was involved in a planned attack in benghazi, dangerous poe tests continue in pakistan and throughout the muslim world. this morning, the commandant of our marine corps informed the capitol hill marines there are 153 marine units at the ready to protect u.s. consulates and embassies at the direction of the state department. they should be deployed. and he believed that the current danger may well last decades. the sobering truth hurts. was there actionable intelligence prior to this attack, and if there was n
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